Study Abroad at The American University in Cairo

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Students studying on campus
Students studying on campus
International Day celebrations
International Day celebrations
AUC Gardens
AUC Gardens
Students visit to the Egyptian Museum
Students visit to the Egyptian Museum
Students sightseeing
Students sightseeing
The Giza Pyramids
The Giza Pyramids
Students sightseeing
Students sightseeing
First Year Experience activities
First Year Experience activities

About

With more than 35 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs, you are sure to find the right one for you. At AUC, we offer a wide and diverse range of U.S. and globally accredited academic programs, designed to meet the needs of all types of learners. Explore sociology, Egyptology, gender and women’s studies or comparative religion; enroll in the region’s top Middle East studies program; study your preferred field of engineering; or learn how to start up a green business in our sustainable development program.

Highlights
  • Enjoy Total Immersion in Cairo’s Culture. Employers today seek to hire global citizens with international exposure and diverse cultural experiences.
  • Talk like an Egyptian; Perfect your Arabic. Spoken by 295 million speakers worldwide, Arabic is among the top 10 high demand business languages today.
  • Diversify your studies; Explore new fields. At AUC, we offer a wide and diverse range of U.S. and globally accredited academic programs, designed to meet the needs of all types of learners.
  • Stand out and jump-start your career. As an AUC student, you can exploit a professional team of certified career counselors to enhance your employability.
  • Feel safe on campus: Your home away from home.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

88%
based on 41 reviews
  • Academics 8.1
  • Support 8.3
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 8
  • Safety 9.4
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Oline
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Not what I Expected

Everyone told me it was going to be hard living in Cairo, but honestly now after 4 months I’m still wondering what they were referring to. It’s been very different, and nothing is as it’s “supposed” to be but everything gets done and sorted anyway, just never in the way you assumed. Which is what makes everyday in Cairo exciting. You never know what’s going to happen.
I live in Zamalek and would definitely recommend to live near downtown and off campus even though the commute is long it’s worth it. When it comes to activities there are a lot of cool clubs on campus but I would recommend to volunteer or join groups or communities outside of campus because AUC is a bobble, it’s an amazing bobble but some times I found my self needing a change of scene.
I study visual journalism and I had a few production courses which were very cool and I learned a lot from them, on the other hand the more academic courses i took weren’t very challenging.
But in the full experience I have definitely enjoyed my semester at AUC, but for me the experience has been more about Egypt and Cairo than my studies, which is all intentional.

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Samuel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Balanced Place to Study

The American University in Cairo (AUC) is culturally and intellectually balanced. The faculty and staff mutually enhance learning in an awesome style. AUC also has state-of-the-art facilities to support research and knowledge acquisition in diverse subjects’ domain.

As a graduate student in the American University in Cairo, I see myself open to a host of opportunities, they include teaching and research assistantships, professional development seminars, international conferences, work-study program and so on.

Just in my first semester in AUC, I have attended few seminars which were so enlightening- thanks to AUC TAGS. In the academic aspect, the few graduate courses I have taken were so challenging in terms of study rigour, volume and grade expectation.
It’s also good to point that majority AUC students are friendly and welcoming.
In all, AUC is a place for explorers!

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Monsurah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Coming to Egypt

Coming to Egypt to complete my education was the best decision my parents ever made. I could see the differences between studying back in Nigeria to that of Egypt. Although the education back home is quite good, the system is quite different here. In terms of studying I find the school system here depends on memorization while back home what you write down is based on your understanding. It impacted the way I studied because I had to follow the system and memorize a lot of stuff which later became second nature to me. My favorite memory is going to the pyramids where the guides over there tries every possible best to get as much money from you as possible. The distance to the entrance of the pyramid is not far but they made it sound far that I had to ride with them and pay them and got down after 30 seconds.

What would you improve about this program?
The program is very fun and educative. It really challenges your creative side and bring out your active side. There's no time to be lazy.
Mark
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My New Home

Before leaving for my trip I was excited and fearful at the same time. I could not wait to embark on all of the adventures that I knew Egypt could offer, but I was afraid of not knowing anyone, being alone, and missing out on all of the events that would go on at home while I was gone. Looking back now I feel silly for allowing these worries to cloud my mind. While missing things at home with loved ones did make me feel sad from time to time, I continuously reminded myself that no one back at home was experiencing the new and amazing things that I was in a foreign country. One of the most incredible parts of studying abroad was the opportunity to make new friends from all over the world. I now have some of the best friends of my life. Having the opportunity to spend time with people from all over the word opened my eyes to the way that things are done in other countries. Prior to studying abroad I only really knew what it was like to live in the Audan, but now I have a greater knowledge of the cultures, governments, and customs of various countries throughout the world.In addition, the campus is very beautiful and staff is very professional which makes things more interesting and much easier.

Corné
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Exchange Semester in Cairo

My semester abroad at AUC has been an amazing experience. The city of Cairo is intruiging, and living there has definitely helped me in achieving personal development goals. As for AUC, I have had the opportunity to study the language and the region, and those courses were of good quality. Professors are passionate about their classes and are always willing to help you in any way. Foreign students can count on an extensive support network from AUC as well, with lots of activities being organised to integrate them into the community and meet Egyptian students. However, there were some logistical problems related to visa procedures, among others, which for a lot of people (including myself) has been an annoyance throughout the semester. All in all though, I can definitely recommend other people to go study here, as I think it is a once in a lifetime-experience.

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Jamil
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Culture shock Cairo

With No Arabic knowledge yet being an African, the AUC experience was one that was worth it and definitely worth for self exploration to decide what Egypt means to you! The media shows a whole different side of Egypt, Moreover the negative side is what is shown as compared to its natural beauty. The AUC is a great institution with one of the most beautiful infrastructures that I’ve ever studied at! Extremely huge means traveling from one end to the other could take 10-15 mins. The courses and programs offered are interesting and valuable in terms of content. I came to pursue Journalism and Television, I enjoyed the theory and practical work that we learned through out the semester! I enjoyed the Egyptian natural beauty from the desert to the Red Sea to the night life in Zamalek. Other than language as a barrier, the Egyptians can somewhat seem friendly but the ignorance against race and ethnicity still exists.

What would you improve about this program?
Inclusivity with all cultural backgrounds! Too many cliques 😕
Digne
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nice Time

I am without a doubt very grateful for the chance to have studied in Cairo for the semester. The campus is beautiful, I felt safe, things generally ran rather smoothly (other than visa issues), the gym/pool and food options were great, and Cairo/Egypt was of course incredible. As far as academics, I didn't really feel challenged by my seminars to think critically or to really learn much new information (except for my one graduate-level course), so that was a bit of a downside. I found the classes were a bit too easy and yet they required a lot of busy work from me. Thankfully though I took the graduate-level seminar which was fascinating and I learned so much from that! So perhaps consider doing that yourself? Also, I study literature and communications, so perhaps it differs for each program. All in all though, I'm still very glad I came and would recommend it.

What would you improve about this program?
Fix the visa issues! I had to wait for like 2 months to get my student visa, and pay a late fee even though I had submitted everything on time.
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Jaemin
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Beautiful campus and good faculty but not good location.

AUC has a beautiful campus with traditional style of architecture. it almost seems like a castle. and this was why i chose this university for my exchange program. and i don't regret my choice to be here.
faculty was also nice generally. even though i suffered a hard time with a team work, since they spoke arabic each other, i managed to it for asking help for my professor. as far as i experienced, my professors were really nice and tried to speak and teach us in 100% english. however, i heard from my other international students that they sometimes speak in arabic and never translate.
i lived in dormitory. i at the beginning registered for the on-campus dormitory but it was overbooked that some students were obliged to move to faculty housing(off-campus dorm). it is located near gate 4, which is 10 minutes far. the facility of off-campus dormitory is actually really nice, nicer than on-campus to be honest, since it was built for faculties. and i paid the same amount money with the on-campus dorm. i think both have pros and cons. I've never imagined that 10 minutes walking (or even more depending on which building) is harsh for me cause it is scorching in the summer. but fortunately AUC provides shuttle bus for us.
nearby campus, there is a big mall called "point 90", and i literally went there everyday to have meal. it is quiet good place and we can grab some food and things. However, i could say there is nothing to join without this. there are some other malls near auc but not better than point 90. and new cairo is kind of rich place that it is hard to feel the "real egypt". if you want to feel it, you gotta go old cairo, located 1 hour far from new cairo. you guys actually can also live in downtown or other hot place rather than new cairo. auc provide shuttle bus. but you have to pay a little amount for it each time. among the all, one big good point of living in new cairo is that it is really quiet.
the price here is affordable. to be honest, i don't really feel that new cairo is that cheap, but when it compares with the quality of food, you might admit that it is cheap actually.
Consequently, i really enjoyed the semester here in auc, i could make a lot of international and local friends. Egyptians are mostly friendly. it was also really nice to see the pyramids and other great places where i could see through the trips provided by auc at the beginning of the semester. it was super great. through the whole semester, i could say i experienced a lot of different things that i have never experienced before, and broadened my perspective. you guys should come here and enjoy your study-abroad life. just chill out here!

What would you improve about this program?
i think visa problem has to be improved in some points. it was procrastinating for a long time and a lot of international students actually suffered the same thing. without this, however, everything was fine in general.
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Ahmed
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AUC Experience

Living the AUC experience is not limited to leading an academic life on campus and getting some credit hours. Aside from the academic support and great opportunities in the field of my study, one can find AUC campus an environment in which one is stimulated to undergo the experience of social and spiritual growth. As an international student, I get tons of emails about new opportunities, trips and activities to be done outside of the academic sphere. Aside from that, the campus is diverse. I do not only mean students from different countries, but Egyptian students from different backgrounds who actively encourage you to understand where they come from and set you up with worthwhile adventures. Egypt is a place of deep historical, societal, and religious values. It sure is a place worth discovering and if you are interested in getting a taste of such values and you do not know where to start, I recommend giving study abroad at AUC a shot to visit a place of great academic experience that also emphasizes on your identity growth and presents you with the opportunity to discover the birth place of the world's oldest civilization.

What would you improve about this program?
More clear guidelines for international student activity. Probably a club for international students as well.
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Michael
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester Exchange at the American University in Cairo

Overall I had an amazing and extremely rewarding experience at AUC. The campus looks like a resort, and support services are great. Going through the student-visa process can be a bit annoying, but that's just Egyptian bureaucracy I guess.
Education wise it's good to do some research before booking your courses, as there is a great degree of variability in the quality of courses. I did some research on professors through the facebook page of "Rate AUC professors" and asked AUC about the quality of professors. I ended up taking a total of three courses, and 2 of them were simply amazing, whereas 1 was just average.
Regarding housing, I would advise students to live in downtown and not in New Cairo. There's a lot more going on and a lot more to discover. Additionally it's also much more authentic than the recently built and very artificial New Cairo.
Overall I can highly recommend going to AUC. Your time in Cairo will be full of new adventures and new experiences. My 5 months here were nothing short of impressive and extremely rewarding.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe the interaction between Egyptians and foreigners on campus could be improved.
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Nick
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A nice adventure in Cairo

My stay in Cairo was a controversial one, however, not due to the AUC. The cource selection here is immerse, and instructors are both passionate and professional.
I took a course “Contemporary Israel/Palestine” by Prof. Molavi, which was one of the best during my entire academic experience.
Additionally, I have managed to improve my Arabic significantly. Prof. Abdel-Wahab encoraged me to speak the language all the time and use it in my everyday life.
Moreover, a coure “Development politics and International cooperation” taught by Prof. Elnur can be if great interest to those who would like to know more about the Global South.
The only drawback was university administration which didn’t assist the international students until we started to conplain.
Please, keep in mind, that visa application process might be confusing and exhausting as well.

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Lauren
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Auc Experience

Living in Cairo was such a diverse experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. Cairo offered immersion in culture, religion, architecture, history, people, among many other things. There are many scenes to explore in Cairo and lots of secret beauty to be found. It is a chaotic city that is unique, nowhere like it. AUC is an amazing campus, the staff is super friendly, the professors are incredible, and the student body is interesting. There are many clubs and programs to get involved in. Living in the dorms was a comfortable and convenient experience, although as a foreigner I wasn't used to the gender split. I met friends I will have for the rest of my life from all over the world, including Egyptians. They offer many diverse classes in interesting subjects across the board. The coursework is doable and not difficult.

What would you improve about this program?
More aid from the staff in regards to travel and visa processes.
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Alamir Andro
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Not as expected

I was extremely impressed with the diversity of courses available to me as an international student. I was able to direct enroll, so I had the opportunity to take courses that I wouldn't have at my home institution. I was able to learn a lot about Egyptian society, both classical and contemporary, which makes everyday life more exciting when you can understand and appreciate the things around you. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and really helped me engage in the course material- a lot of which I had never been exposed to prior to my semester here. The campus is absolutely beautiful, with palm trees and fountains at every turn.
Excellent Faculty always prepared to assist you and provide guidance. Very good Arabic courses.The University is very big and contains many sport facilities such as a swimmingpool, a running track, gyms, a baskettball court and a soccer field.

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Carolin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experiencing Egypt

My semester abroad at AUC was super exciting. The campus in New Cairo is beautiful, the conditions for studying are just perfect. They have a well-equipped library with a nice studying atmosphere. Apart from that they have great sports facilities, several gyms and a swimming pool. The campus also offers a lot of quiet and green areas for studying or taking a break. The support from the international office was always very helpful. The atmosphere is international and there are a lot of students from all over the world which makes the experience really unique. The best thing was the Arabic course in which I learned really a lot about the language and the culture. Cairo is an amazing place to live in and studying in this city is perfect to really get to know it and its people.

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Robert
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

One of the few universities in the Middle East that makes it relatively easy for Americans to apply for a single semester and get full transferrable credit - if you're interested in the region, definitely consider it! I've really valued my time here.

My classes have been interesting, the campus is gorgeous, and the other students are super friendly and willing to help. Cairo is very fun city - there are always new things going on, and outlets for any type of person. Egypt is also a wonderful country, with a ton to see. I didn't realize how much I would want to travel within Egypt before coming here, but I've found one semester to be not nearly enough to check out everything I have wanted to do. The American University in Cairo offers a great opportunity to study and experience this beautiful country!

What would you improve about this program?
If you want university housing, that can be a complicated process, so start early.